Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons, Inc. (FOHVAMP) is a nonprofit organization working in Colorado to find, support and empower families suffering from a loved one’s unresolved murder or long-time suspicious disappearance.Since 2001 FOHVAMP has advocated for the families of cold case homicide victims and persons missing under suspicious circumstances in Colorado. By bringing together families and friends united by a common tragedy, FOHVAMP mentors these individuals seeking justice for their loved ones.
- Publish Victim Rights for Co-Victims of Unsolved Homicides
- Finding, contacting and offering services to family members and friends of the victim
- Out of our collective experience, we give guidance: to family members about dealing with law enforcement; to law enforcement about dealing with co-victims of cold cases
- Assisting family members seeking to publicize their unsolved murders; acting as spokesman for co-victims of unsolved murders
- Maintaining and managing a website where co-victims can find us and learn about FOHVAMP
- Making accessible to the public a database of all Colorado’s unsolved murders
- Sending co-victims a remembrance card on the anniversary date of their victims’ murder or disappearance
- Organizing Annual Meetings, workshops and forums to bring law enforcement and family members together for discussion of issues of common interest relating to these murders
- Advocating for cold case co-victims at the state and local levels
- Launched 10 billboards near scene of crime featuring 12 cold case victims and offering rewards for information leading to arrest and prosecution.
- Assembled data over a six year period of every victim of an unsolved Colorado murder dating back to 1970
- Joined with COVA to amend the Victim Rights Act to recognize needs of cold case families
- CRS 24-33.5-425. Cold case homicide team. FOHVAMP helped bring about a Cold Case Task Force in the Department of Public Safety and required CBI to maintain a database of unsolved murders. This law requires all law enforcement agencies to report unsolved murders to CBI that have been open for three years or more. It also allows cold case family members to ask local agencies to call in CBI’s cold case homicide team to assist with their investigation. If the agency declines, it must send a written explanation to the family member.
- Found and reached out to over 1000 friends and family members of cold case victims in nine years
- Collaborated with Colorado State University’s Center for the Study of Crime and Justice to provide guidance to law enforcement agencies about improving communications with cold case co-victims
- Sponsored research and developed training power-point for law enforcement to help improve communications with families of cold case murder victims.